Editor's Picks

When Does a Patient's Responsibility Rise to Contributory Negligence?

By December 05, 2017

A patient is misdiagnosed twice and doesn't get a doctor recommended blood test, the patient subsequently died. Was there contributory negligence on behalf of the patient?

Non-Opioid Meds Compared to Opioids for Acute Extremity Pain

By November 07, 2017

The authors concluded, "The findings suggest that ibuprofen-acetaminophen is a reasonable alternative to opioid management of acute extremity pain due to sprain, strain, or fracture."

Experts Pick the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018

By November 03, 2017

The panel - made up of nearly 100 physicians and scientists - debated and whittled down over 150 nominations to decide upon the final 10.

Rare Disorder Causes Patient to Spontaneously 'Sweat Blood'

By October 24, 2017

During the patient's admission, a bleeding episode occurred which resulted in blood-stained fluid on her face.

Blood Transfusions from Ever-Pregnant Donors and Recipient Mortality: What's the Link?

October 18, 2017

Receipt of red blood cell transfusion from ever-pregnant donor tied to increased risk for males.

The Language Gap: Are Some Patients Underserved?

By October 17, 2017

Researchers analyzed data from >60,000 physician respondents who are based in the largest 50 metropolitan areas and compared this with U.S. census data.

Do U.S. Medication Abortion Practices Follow Evidence-Based Guidelines?

By October 16, 2017

A total of 703 abortion facilities in the U.S. and 94 in Canada were surveyed to estimate the prevalence of medication abortion practices and to compare the regional differences.

Medication Review Reveals Patient Was on Wrong Drug for 10 Years

By October 13, 2017

The case involved a 69-year old patient with paranoid schizophrenia who was brought to the emergency department following violent behavior against the staff at the nursing facility he resided in.

Low-Cost Health Services Contribute Most to Unnecessary Spending

October 12, 2017

Costs associated with low-cost, low-value health services nearly twice as high as high-cost services

Does Aspirin Protect Against Symptoms of Depression?

By August 08, 2017

Research on whether aspirin (which has both anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic properties) has an impact on depression has been limited.

DEA Proposes Cut in Controlled Substance Manufacturing for 2018

By August 04, 2017

The DEA's manufacturing reduction applies to commonly prescribed Schedule II opioids.

CAM Use Among Migraine/Headache Sufferers Investigated

By August 02, 2017

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specifically for the treatment of migraine and headache is "relatively low" in the U.S.

CDC: Unproven Treatments for 'Chronic Lyme Disease' Carry Serious Risks

June 19, 2017

Cases of septic shock, osteomyelitis, Clostridium difficile colitis, and paraspinal abscess have been documented as a result of chronic Lyme disease treatments.

PPIs May Benefit Older Patients on Antiplatelet Therapy

June 15, 2017

Research suggests proton-pump inhibitors should be co-prescribed in patients age 75 years

Glucose Self-Monitoring May Not Be Beneficial in T2DM, Says Landmark Study

By June 12, 2017

Results showed that by the end of the 1-year study, there were no significant differences in hemoglobin A1C levels or HRQOL across the three study arms.

Law Enforcement Data Indicate a Rise in Gabapentin Misuse

By May 15, 2017

Using data from the Drug Diversion Program of the Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance System, the authors were able to calculate the rates of gabapentin diversion (per 100,000 population) for each quarter from 2002-2015

E-Cigarette Use May Up Bladder Cancer Risk

By May 15, 2017

The researchers believe that based on their findings, e-cigarette smokers may be at increased risk for bladder cancer.

Are Expired EpiPens Still Effective?

May 10, 2017

Patients at a community clinic in San Diego were asked to bring in unused, expired EpiPens so they could be examined.

Avoid Washing Down Levothyroxine with This Drink

By April 03, 2017

Significantly lower total T4 absorption was noted.

Amount of Vitamin D Needed May Be Less than What's Recommended

By April 03, 2017

"This has important ramifications for public health recommendations," said Christopher Gallagher, MD, professor and director of the Bone Metabolism Unit in the Division of Endocrinology of Creighton University School of Medicine.

Increased Risk of Perforation with Certain Antibiotic Ear Drops

By March 31, 2017

Researchers found that in the study cohort of 96,595 children, those exposed to quinolone ear drops had an increased risk of perforation

Paid Malpractice Claims Evaluated by Physician Specialty

By March 27, 2017

Of the total paid claims, 7.6% were over $1 million.

Acid Suppressants May Up Risk of Recurrent CDI

By March 27, 2017

It may be prudent to assess the need for gastric acid suppressants in patients with CDI, the authors state.

Suicidality, Depression Risk with BPH Drugs Examined

By March 24, 2017

The data showed adult males who used 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors did not exhibit a significantly increased risk of suicide, however the risk of self-harm did increase.

Is One Anti-Anginal Drug More Effective than Another for Stable Angina?

By March 17, 2017

The researchers conducted and extensive literature search (1945-2014) for randomized, controlled trials that compared anti-anginal drug efficacy for managing stable angina.

New Sleep Apnea Management Guidelines Issued

By March 15, 2017

Six recommendations were developed to guide clinicians in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.

ADA: Synopsis of Recommendations for Diabetes Management

March 14, 2017

The ADA recommends metformin as first-line therapy for type 2 diabetes.

AASM: Drug Therapy Guidelines for Treating Chronic Insomnia

By February 15, 2017

The new guidelines include 14 recommendations for both prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Low Back Pain Treatment Guidelines Released

By February 14, 2017

The recommendations are intended for all clinicians treating adult patients with acute, suabcute, or chronic low back pain.

Vitamin B12 Monitoring May Be Lacking Among Long-Term Metformin Users

By February 10, 2017

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, long-term metformin use is significantly associated with lower serum vitamin B12 levels, but those at risk often are not monitored for this deficiency.